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Lisa Linnell-Olsen
BellaOnline's Knitting Editor


About the BellaOnline Knitting Editor

Welcome to BellaOnline´s Knitting site! I am grateful for your visit! My goal is for this site to a be a place for you to find out about new techniques, patterns, ideas, and various materials to help you further your knitting. Whether you are an avid experienced knitter, or just beginning, this site has a wealth of information for you.

I began knitting when I was in my early 20´s in college. The woman who showed me how had recently immigrated to the US from Mexico, and spoke about 4 words of English. My desire to learn to knit and her ability to show me how allowed the two of us to begin a friendship. Since that time, I have experimented with many stitch styles and techniques, knitting items for myself and my children. I am currently working on completing the Knitting Guild of America´s Master Knitter course. I have also been a member of several different groups in my local area dedicated to fiber arts.

I look for new ways to improve my knitting skill set while leading a busy life - I have children at home, a husband, and I work full time in education during the school year. My life is as full and busy as that of many of today´s knitters!

The relaxation, beauty and practicality provided by working with lush yarns to produce beautiful and useful items adds to my life. I plan for this site to continue to be a great source of information for knitters everywhere, new and experienced, to find ways to add more of the same qualities to their own lives.


Q. I want to learn how to knit. What should I do?

A. Get yourself some smooth worsted weight yarn that is either wool or acrylic. You will also want a pair of size 6 needles. You can then find a patient friend who explains things well to show you the basics. There are also some tutorials in the Learn To Knit section of the Knitting site (see links below.) Practice casting on, knit stitch, and bind off for a while until it feels comfortable. Then you will be ready to try a beginner level project.

Q. Continental vs. Traditional Knitting - How are they different? Is one better than the other?

A. These terms refer to how a knitter holds the yarn that they are preparing to knit. Continental knitting holds the yarn in the left hand, while Traditional knitting holds the yarn in the right hand. Both ways of knitting will produce a good, knitted fabric. Each method has it´s own advantages. One is not better than the other. Knitters who would like to do color work may benefit from knowing how to do both.

Q. I am left-handed, or teaching a lefty to knit. Do I have to reverse everything?

A. Knitting is a two-handed skill. There are no special left-handed knitting needles. Most left-handed people can pick up the basics of knitting as taught commonly to right-handed people. Very rarely, a left-handed person will feel more comfortable knitting in a truly reversed or mirrored fashion. In this rare situation, the left-handed person will probably naturally reverse everything they are being shown. What matters is that the cast-on and knitted stitches that are made look good.

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